Meet Demogorgon. Grotesque art is the antithesis of austere high culture: it is an art of unresolved conflict, abnormal ambivalence, polymorphic morphology, the macabre and the bizarre. The grotesque arises at the confluence of the absurd and the burlesque, black humour, caricature, hybridization and irony.
For A C Evans art is a way of exploring the subversive potential of the bizarre and the grotesque – yet he describes his work as essentially realistic. ‘Poetry’, he says ‘is Radar’. AC relishes the iconoclasm of Dada, the 'absolute non-conformism' of Surrealism, the insights of Existentialism, and the immediacy of Pop. He sees all these as points of departure none as a destination – we live in a post-avant-garde world of tabloid impressionism, open realism and amplified hyper-culture; the heroism of our modern life, our subtopian materialism. Born near Hampton Court in 1949, AC lived in South London until 1963 when he moved to Essex and co-founded the Neo-Surrealist Convulsionist Group in 1966. He moved back to London in 1973. His work has appeared in numerous small press magazines in the UK and abroad and his poem sequence Space Opera was made into a digital video and shown at the onedotzero3 Festival, at the ICA, London, in May 1999. The film of Space Opera has been used for the last 5 years as part of the lecture/seminar on fragmentation as part of the Craft of Writing module, a first year core unit at Falmouth University.